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A guide to some of the arts and entertainment events around Missoula in the coming week.

Bread and Puppet Theatre

(Friday, Oct. 12)

This Northeast troupe, founded in the 1960s, will bring its homemade of revolutionary politics, oversized papier-mâché puppets theater, brass band music and free food to Free Cycles for a rare Montana performance. It starts at 8 p.m., at the community bike shop, located at 732 S. First St. W. Admission is by donation. Between $5 to $20 is suggested, "but no one is turned away for lack of funds," according to the troupe.

'Summer and Smoke'

(Friday-Sunday, Oct. 12-14)

The University of Montana School of Theatre and Dance's season opener, the classic Tennessee Williams love story, closes out its run in the Masquer Theatre.

Performance times are Oct. 3-6 and Oct. 10-13, at 7:30 p.m., in the Masquer Theater on campus. Matinees at 2 p.m., will be on Oct. 7 and Oct. 14.

Tickets are $20 for the general public, $16 for students and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased by calling 406-243-4581 between noon and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or online at

UM Writers' Opus

(Friday, Oct. 12)

Help raise funds for the UM Creative Writing Program at the 10th annual Writers' Fall Opus. The program has produced its fair share of successful writers, mostly recently Andrew Sean Greer, who won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for his comedic novel, "Less."

The proceeds go to literary events, scholarships and The Oval literary magazine.

The gathering starts at 6:30 p.m., in the Florence Hotel Governor's Room. Admission is $45 or $80 for a couple. Ages 21 and up only. Call 243-2275 or go to

'Comedy Collusion'

(Friday, Oct. 12)

Comedians from Portland, Oregon, and Missoula, Montana, will deliver their best material, courtesy of Rochelle Cote.

Cote, a Missoula-to-Portland expat, won the 2018 Missoula Homegrown Comedy Competition. The locals are Lenny Peppers, Reese Dowdy, Charley Macorn, and host John Howard of Homegrown. The Oregonians are Kyle Adams and Ben Rose. The show starts at 8:30 p.m., at the Roxy Theater. Cover is $11. It's a very safe bet that it's not appropriate for children. For more information, go to

New Zealand Days

(Saturday-Monday, Oct. 13-15)

Missoula's sister city, Palmerston North, has sent a delegation, mayor and all, to the Garden City for the annual New Zealand Days. What do western Montana and the island nation have in common? Rugby. On Saturday, there's an all-ages no-tackle clinic with Missoula Youth Rugby from 10 a.m. to noon at Fort Missoula's rugby grounds. It's free. Then at 1 p.m., watch the Tubby Thompson match. On Monday, head over to the Roxy Theater for a screening of "Hip Hop-Eration," a New Zealand film, at 7 p.m. It's free.

Western artists gather

(Friday-Sunday, Oct. 12-14)

Western artists from around the Northwest region will descend on Missoula for the Montana Professional Artist Association Invitational Art Show. The reception with the artists is Friday from 5-10 p.m. The show continues 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hilton Garden Inn on North Reserve Street. For a full list of artists, head to

Montana Music Summit

(Friday-Saturday, Oct. 12-13)

Missoula has become the state's most active hub for live music in the past several years. Those interested in the growing industry can learn more at the first-ever Montana Music Summit hosted by UM Entertainment Management. The two-day gathering, held with the national Summit Series, will host artists, industry professionals and students. Speakers include Tim Bierman, the former owner of Rockin' Rudy's and now chief of Pearl Jam's Ten Club; John Wicks, the drummer for Fitz and the Tantrums and owner of Drum Coffee; Nick Checota, owner of Logjam Presents; and more. For tickets and a full schedule, go to

Alt-art Halloween

(Saturday, Oct. 13)

The local art collective known as Von Common is throwing "Boohaus: A Haunted Artmare" at Free Cycles.

The nightmarish event will feature seasonally appropriate and "spooky" art by Adelaide Gale Every and Rob Rez, with live music by the Organism, Nate Mays, Power Plant, Tiny Plastic Stars and DJ Cochaine. Wear a costume if it's a prize you seek. Admission is $5, all ages are welcome. Beer and wine is available for purchase for those older than 21.

The shindig runs from 7-11 p.m., at the community bike shop, 732 S. First St. W.

'Wild' author in Missoula

(Monday, Oct. 15)

Cheryl Strayed, whose memoir "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail," became a best-seller and a film starring Reese Witherspoon, is heading to Missoula.

Strayed will speak at the University of Montana campus on Monday for the President's Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m., in the Dennison Theatre. Admission is free.

Visiting journalism professor reads

(Tuesday, Oct. 16)

Ben Montgomery, a visiting Pollner professor at the UM School of Journalism, will read from this book, "The Man Who Walked Backward: An American Dreamer's Search for Meaning in the Great Depression." Montgomery recounts the true story of Plennie Wingo, a Texas resident who set out to walk around the world, backward. According to the news release, this attempt involved 13 pairs of shoes, "rear-view mirror glasses" and a stint in a Turkish jail cell and many other colorful details.

Montgomery is a former reporter for the Tampa Bay Times who was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

His signing is set for 7 p.m., Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. 721-2881.

Indigenous contemporary art

(Thursday, Oct. 18)

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture's next exhibit, "Between Wisdom and Knowledge: Contemporary Native American Art" opens on Thursday.

According to the news release, the exhibition's mission is "exploring themes of dislocation — geographical, cultural and artistic — and diverse and compelling strategies Native artists have used in pursuit of self-realization."

The works span from traditional pieces of regalia to mixed media. The contributing artists include Corwin Clairmont, Anhtony Yazzie, Jason Clark and Jeneese Hilton.

The opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the UM PAR/TV lobby. The show is on view through Feb. 16.

Looking ahead

Art Swing

(Friday, Oct. 19)

The Missoula Art Museum is shifting away from artist talks on First Friday in lieu of a seasonal event, Art Swing, that brings together exhibiting artists with live music and food and drinks.

All four of the artists at the debut Art Swing have work on view. Abstract painter Harold Schlotzhauer of Bozeman; photographer Stephen Hunt of St. Ignatius, mixed-media artist Cathy Weber  of Dillon, and painter Kathy Herlihy-Paoli of Missoula.

The event runs from 5-8 p.m. The artists will lead exhibition tours, which start at 6. There will be live music at 5 and 7 p.m. There's also a no-host bar and hors d'oeuvres.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and is free for members. For tickets, email MAM's advancement assistant, Cassidy Tucker, at or call 406-728-0447.

Montana Rep's 'Plays on Tap'

(Oct. 19-21, 20-21)

The professional theater's new artistic director is starting off his tenure with a splash.

The "Plays on Tap" series brings brand-new short plays out into the community. In this case, viewers will walk to five different sites, where they'll watch a performance from the seat of a car at a location downtown chosen as a good background for the script. As audience members move around to different sites, they can stop for a drink at a designated watering hole to talk about the experience.

Tickets are $20 and are limited. To purchase, go to the UMArts Box Office, or 406-243-4581.

Acclaimed jazz drummer

(Sunday, Oct. 21)

Allison Miller, a New York jazz drummer-composer, is bringing her band, Boom Tic Boom, to the University of Montana.

Miller has a new album, "Glitter Wolf," in the works with her sextet, which has an unusual line-up of violin, cornet, clarinet, piano, bass, drums. Fans of guitarist Bill Frisell take note, his regular collaborator Jenny Scheinman, holds down violin in this group.

Doors to the Montana Theatre open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30. Tickets are $20 general, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. To purchase, go to the box office in the PAR/TV building or

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